In the scorching summer of 1911, London is a hotbed of political activity as women fight for their equality and Germany starts to pose a dangerous threat. But Dody McCleland, England’s first female autopsy surgeon, has more immediate concerns—such as finding out who’s trying to frame her for murder…
A distraught scullery maid appears at Dody’s Women’s Clinic begging for an abortion. It turns out she has a case of lead poisoning, which Dody believes she took to induce a miscarriage. Instead of reporting the girl to the authorities, Dody decides to council her and prescribes an antidote. But days later, the maid is found dead from a bungled criminal abortion—and the coroner receives a series of anonymous letters accusing Dody of the crime.
Now, Dody has to find out who has framed her for the maid’s murder—or else she’ll be embroiled in a criminal trial. Chief Inspector Pike is working undercover on another case, playing the piano for an exotic dancer who may be spying for the Germans, but when he hears Dody’s in trouble, he insists on lending a hand. But as Pike and Dody are about to discover, she’s not only fighting for her career, but for her life, too…
Praise for The Anatomy of Death
“Brings early twentieth-century London to life, from the stately halls of government to the back alleys of the slums.”—Victoria Thompson, author of the Gaslight Mysteries
“Fans of Maureen Jennings’s Murdoch novels will welcome Australian author Young’s promising debut, inspired by an actual riot in 1910 London…[Young] delivers a truly surprising reveal of the murderer’s identity.”—Publishers Weekly
“Beautifully written and edited, with the historical genre handled with care…It was a joy to read and one I am so glad I didn’t miss out on.”—Book Binge
“A fantastically well-written historical mystery with a unique protagonist and rich period details…The best historical mysteries are those that manage to transport the reader to the past, envelop them in the complexity of a good mystery and make them feel as if they know the protagonists so well that they can peek over their shoulders while collecting clues along the way. Felicity Young achieves this kind of excellence in The Anatomy of Death.”—Night Owl Reviews